Doma Lodges Plans for $160m Mixed-Use Development in Canberra


Developer Doma Group have submitted a proposal for a $160 million mixed-use urban precinct in the Canberra suburb of Dickson, which will also become the new stomping grounds for ACT public servants.

Designed by Bates Smart, the development sits on the former Dickson motor registry site at 19 Challis Street and will comprise retail, commercial and residential tenancies.

The proposal includes a six-storey commercial building and three eight-storey mixed-use residential buildings. Work is planned to start this week to demolish the former motor registry.

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Measuring 13,000 square metres, the commercial building will be populated by the ACT government who have secured a lease from early-2020.

Two of the residential buildings combine to create a mixed-use estate with ground floor retail health facilities and commercial opportunities below 240 dwellings.

The other residential offering will provide 144 serviced apartments as well as a 90-space childcare facility and its own range of retail and commercial uses.

Each building will receive its own two-level basement car park, bringing the Dickson Interchange up to 800 spaces.

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Between the buildings will be a new civic plaza, a share-way through the site between Challis Street and Northbourne Avenue and a new pedestrianised laneway, creating a community encouraged to exchange vehicle traffic to foot traffic.

“New pedestrian share-ways and lanes, along with a civic plaza, creates a series of high quality public spaces connected with the new light rail, bus interchange and existing street network,” the proposal said.

“The Civic Plaza has been designed as a large active public space which will form a central focus within the Dickson Interchange masterplan.

“The orientation and design of this space takes careful consideration of environmental factors to optimise solar amenity and minimize adverse impact from prevailing north westerly winds, as well as southerly winds.”

Doma bought the land in December for $35 million.

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